The Short Inca Trail is a condensed version of the classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. It typically spans two days and covers a shorter distance compared to the traditional 4-day Inca Trail trek. This option is ideal for travelers with limited time or those who prefer a less strenuous trekking experience. Here’s an overview of the short Inca Trail:
Day 1: Cusco – KM 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
- Early morning departure from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
- Take the train to KM 104, the starting point of the trek.
- Begin the hike, passing by the ruins of Chachabamba short inca trail and crossing the Urubamba River.
- Visit the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna, known for its impressive terraces and views.
- Continue hiking to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), which offers the first panoramic view of Machu Picchu.
- Descend to Machu Picchu and explore the ruins.
- Overnight stay in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Early morning hike or bus ride to Machu Picchu to witness sunrise.
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu, learning about its history, architecture, and significance.
- Free time to explore the site on your own.
- Return to Aguas Calientes by bus or on foot.
- Afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo.
- Transfer to Cusco.